Coast Guard kicks off Arctic Shield operations with a new forward location
Today the Coast Guard kicked off their Arctic Shield operations with the opening of a new forward operating location in Kotzebue.
The Coast Guard says the forward location will reduce responding time in the Arctic Region by sending pre-staged flight crews in Kodiak.
Arctic shield operations started in 2009 to help support coast guard missions.
Celebrating their 150th year in the Alaska the Coast Guard says they have been coordinating with law enforcement, responding to search and rescues, and ensuring the safety and security of shipping in the region in order to improve their response capabilities.
As part of the operation the Coast Guard says they will deploy, cutters, aircraft and personnel and will go through the Bering Strait and along the North Slope.